MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, March 3 (PIA) -- The funds that can circulate in this province out of programmed projects coursed through the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) provincial engineering district can very well surpass the one-billion peso mark this year.

Engr. Allan Eway, Officer-in-Charge Assistant District Engineer, disclosed during the dySL Kapihan sa PIA Friday, that the huge appropriation included carry-over, obligated projects in 2014 which was implemented in 2015, and the current year regular budget.

Also a contributory factor for the first time budget hit of over a billion pesos are fund sources coming from other government agencies like the Department of Agriculture (DA) for P 50 Million plus worth of farm-to-market roads in 25 locations, and from the Department of Tourism (DOT) for over P 100 Million construction of access roads leading to tourism sites.

Construction of school buildings for the Department of Education (DepEd) was also another source of outside funds, although most of the projects were still from the obligated 2014 budget, Engr. Eway said.

Earlier, a press statement said the Southern Leyte District Engineering Office (SLDEO) got P923.1 million budget this year, by far the biggest slice the local DPWH got, and the amount shot even bigger with Engr. Eway's disclosure that lately the budget surpassed the P1 billion threshold.

Eway attributed this huge share with the constant push and follow-up at the higher levels by the District Engineer Ma. Margarita Junia.

Repair and make-over of about 40 bridges all over the province comprised one of the bulk for this year's construction work, costing more than P400 mMillion, the DPWH report, a copy emailed to PIA revealed.

"The office is therefore soliciting the patience and understanding for any inconvenience that the public may experience in their travel while these bridges undergo construction, repair, and rehabilitation," the DPWH report said.

For the tourism-related projects, these included the construction of access road leading to the barangay Napantao dive and whale watching site in San Francisco town, worth P50 million, and the Maria Clara-Cagnituan Maasin tourism loop for P80 million.

Other guests during the dysl Kapihan were Engrs. Gideon Sacro, Leticia Olarte, and Leonides Olarte. (ajc/esg/mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)